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Crosscurrents

For Artist Paul Lewin, The Past And The Future Meet In His Afrofuturistic Work

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Madeline Born
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Artist Paul Lewin

Oakland painter Paul Lewin brought his own touch to Afrofuturism. His work is inspired by nature, Afro-Caribbean culture, folklore and science fiction. Paul’s pieces have graced the covers of books by sci-fi greats Octavia Butler and N.K. Jemisin.

"I'm creating images of things that I've always wanted to see. Different stories that contain my history, representations of me and my culture."

Visit Paul Lewin’s website to see his work.

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.